Daniel Gabbidon delivers harsh verdict on Tottenham star, yet to produce in big matches
By Will Butcher
Daniel Gabbidon believes Tottenham’s Harry Kane still has a lot to prove if he wants to be considered as one of the world’s best strikers.
Kane, 23, scored a superb hat-trick against Stoke City on Sunday during Spurs’ 4-0 demolition of Mark Hughes’ side, taking his 2016-17 tally to 22 strikes from 27 league and cup outings.
However, replying to a fan on his personal Twitter account, former Premier League defender Gabbidon claims Kane is yet to produce in the “big games” and is still some way from world-class status.
This comes after Kane told the Guardian that he believes he has established himself as one of the best centre-forwards in the world, after scoring his third hat-trick in nine games.
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My thoughts exactly not done it in the big games yet to be putting himself in the world bracket. https://t.co/MKR9nbXQ3p
— Daniel Gabbidon (@Gabbidon35) February 28, 2017
So far this season, Kane has played against the Premier League’s top six teams just seven times, after injuring his ankle against Sunderland in September.
Kane has scored just once this season against the Premier League’s elite – a penalty against Arsenal.
Kane has drawn blanks against Liverpool and Chelsea both home and away, as well as against Man City and Man United.
17-time England international Kane has scored 16 times in the 14 games he has played against Premier League sides outside of the current top six.
Similarly, Kane managed just two goals in his five European outings, but struck a marvellous hat-trick against Championship side Fulham in the FA Cup.
Gabbidon, who played for the likes of Crystal Palace and West Ham, believes Kane must up his goalscoring rate against the top six and in Europe if he is to achieve a world-class reputation.
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